Critical Futures

An interview-based podcast by the IHJE. It’s Critical, because the time is now to conjure the world we want to live and thrive in. It’s also Futurity: the intentional imagining and materializing of liberated futures.

16 July 2023

Series 2, Episode 2: "The Future of the Present"

Featuring Joquina Reed from J Reed Consulting LLC

About Our Guests

Joquina Reed, Founder

Joquina Reed is a J.E.D.I (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) practitioner and the founding steward of J Reed Consulting LLC. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies and formerly held a dual faculty administrator role at Louisiana State University as the Director of Forensics. It has been her most profound honor to be an aunt, educator, published researcher, conference presenter, and keynote speaker. She is also the creator behind the Divesting from Whiteness and Please Say Black podcasts and the curator of The Anti-Blackness Reader project.


Every day she wakes up committed to moving us all closer to the goal line of shared humanity. As a lifelong learner and educator, she affirms the words of her great ancestor, Anna Julia Cooper, “The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class – it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.” As a DEI practitioner with a justice-oriented approach, she is fully invested in helping individuals and organizations identify their cultural incompetence and biases, assess organization structure, design interventions, and move forward with holistic strategies that support organic change.


She lives and works on the unceded territory of the Houma and Chahta Yakni (Choctaw) peoples.


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J Reed Consulting LLC

J Reed Consulting is a professional development and organizational wellness firm dedicated to supporting people, teams, and organizations as they move beyond aspirational goals to create sustainable solutions that inspire authenticity, belonging and fairness. The firm creates unique opportunities for transformational and dedicated organizational alignment by identifying risks, naming solutions, and creating momentum for eliminating harm. J Reed Consulting believes all people deserve safety, wellness, and agency.

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Additional Credits

This episode was produced as part of an ongoing series titled “THE FUTURE OF…”. In this series, we chat with experts from various sectors to learn about what they are doing to shift the critical now for a radical new future.

Episode Host: Amber Johnson | Executive Director, IHJE.

Audio Production: KJ Schaeffner | Web Developer + Designer, IHJE.

Podcast Artwork: Wriply M. Bennet.

Theme Music: Resilient Zone/Floting via Adobe Stock.